As your dog gets into his senior years, his body will produce less glucosamine, which may cause him to experience stiffness and joint pain. Glucosamine helps to support the molecules that form cartilage in joints and as this deteriorates, joints will lose their shock absorption capabilities.
Giving a glucosamine supplement or eating glucosamine rich foods can help improve range of motion and mobility, while also boosting anti-inflammatory properties. Alongside joint health, glucosamine can also aid in gut health by reducing inflammation in the digestive tract and even improving irritable bowel symptoms.
Feed Foods Rich in Glucosamine
Your pup will love munching on foods rich in glucosamine and you should aim to give your dogs some of these foods regularly. Trachea is made up of cartilage rich in glucosamine and some of the best sources are; beef, lamb, goat or ostrich. Feed it raw or leave it to dehydrate, turning into a crunchy snack.
Chicken feet, ox tails or pig tails all are loaded with glucosamine. Feed as part of a meal or give as a treat after a long walk during the week.
Beef knuckle bones and other bones are great for dogs to chew on and are a valuable source of glucosamine. Shellfish shells are also a great glucosamine source and you can feed the tails from your shrimp dinner to your dog.
Make a Bone Broth
A bone broth is packed full of nutrients including a healthy dose of glucosamine. Fill a pot with a variety of bones, 2-4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, fill up with water to cover the bones and leave to simmer for up to 24 hours. Add in vegetables or herbs in the last hour if you want an extra health boost. Pour the broth over your dog’s usual meals and freeze the rest in mason jars to be used another time.
Give a Health Supplement
Giving a glucosamine supplement is an easy way to help support your dog’s joints as they age. The glucosamine supplement can be administered whole or sprinkled over their food. Silberhorn do a great range of health supplements that support mobility and joint issues in pets including; Pet Recovery which contains glucosamine, chondroitin and deer velvet.
What Other Foods Support Joints?
There are many other foods you could add to your dog’s meals to aid in supporting joint function. Some of these are; turmeric, ginger and blueberries which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Remember to start gradually with the addition of new foods to your dog’s meal plan and check with your vet initially, to make sure your pet is able to cope with what you’re giving him.